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Waste Treatment Plant Built after Pollution Scandal

A waste treatment plant has been set up in the town of Hella after a chicken slaughterhouse there was at the centre of a pollution scandal last year. Waste from the slaughterhouse was found in the nearby river Ytri-Rangá.


Salmon fishing in Iceland. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The local council has set up the plant at a cost of nearly ISK 30 million (USD 234,000, EUR 190,500), the state broadcasting company RÚV reports.

It was reported last year that the abattoir’s grease trap was full, causing the waste to flow instead into the sewer system and then into the river.

Ytri-Rangá is popular for salmon fishing. Fishermen were outraged at the time.

“This is of course a complete scandal, the local council is raking in money from this river and to treat this pearl of nature and this good salmon river in this way is just scandalous,” fishing guide Guðmundur Atli Ásgeirsson told RÚV at the time.

The new treatment plant is designed to prevent solid waste from entering the sewer system so that the waste is not carried into the river.


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